Interview with an Environmental Manager at a Leading Specialty Chemicals Firm
ScienceDirect provided the right information at the right time to help this company maintain environmental health and safety (EHS)
Maintaining environmental health and safety (EHS) is critically important to business success in today’s chemical industry. EHS affects every aspect of the process. An Environmental Manager at a leading specialty chemicals firm, whose job includes carefully monitoring all aspects of environmental compliance, including water, waste and air, shares how having the right information at the right time enables her to keep the facilities that she manages running smoothly while also providing company researchers with crucial data.
A new agreement with the EPA meant that the company had to drastically decrease NOx emissions. This required costly and intense changes in production, which they had to manage while still meeting the expectations of their carbon black customers. The company also made a significant feedstock change from ammonia to urea, which has come with its own set of impacts and challenges.
To tackle the changes, the environmental manager was able to rely on ScienceDirect.
There have been several journal articles that I’ve read on ScienceDirect’s website, she explains. An especially valuable one she found covered emissions — particularly olephins and paraphins — in the region where she works. Articles like this have proven especially useful for her when out-of-state consultants — who don’t necessarily know the local terrain or regulations very well — have needed reliable data for their modeling reports.
But information gleaned from journal articles is not only useful for writing environmental reports or dealing with regulatory inquiries. It also helps the facility’s R&D teams in their work. Being able to reference peer-reviewed scientific and technical literature found on ScienceDirect has helped the staff solve urgent problems quickly.
"With so much at stake, having access to the current, high-quality information available on ScienceDirect is more valuable than ever." Environmental Manager
Ensuring that the company maintains high EHS standards means saving huge sums of money.
Fines can be as high as $700K and having that journal article in my files is sometimes crucial to protecting us from these fines. If the EPA gets involved, the fines even can be millions of dollars and can result into losing business and customers in the case of a shut down. With so much as stake, having access to the current, high-quality information available on ScienceDirect is more valuable than ever. By providing leading-edge information and data, ScienceDirect is certainly making work easier for this environmental manager and her colleagues. But more to the point, it is driving efficiencies for the business when it helps them make progress on major projects.
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